Teams cut payrolls for their active rosters and disabled lists by $47 million from Opening Day in 2008 to the first day of this season, according to an analysis by The Associated Press. That comes out to a drop of 1.7 percent.
Boosted by his new deal with the New York Yankees, Alex Rodriguez tops the major league baseball salary list at $28 million, according to a study of contract terms by The Associated Press.
The 2006 salaries for the 409 major league baseball players on opening day rosters and disabled lists earning $1 million or more.
Boston's first World Series title since 1918 and the unprecedented comeback against the Yankees that made it possible was for the Associated Press' sports story of the year.